NH Educational Censorship.

Is this positive or negative? Why should the state decide what art is.

One of the candidates for Governor I don't know which one is proposing the scale back or complete dissolution of the NH Department of Education.

This is a quality idea not only because it will save taxpayers millions of dollars, the quality of education in the granite state will actually improve.

Consider this: Let all curriculum planning, teacher licensure and long term instructional requirements happen at the school administrative unit, and the local school level instead of being mandated by Concord and Washington. 

Watch what would happen...

Several years ago I took an art appreciation course taught by an experienced high school art teacher that had also once been employed as a curator at the Met in New York City. In any case it was a survey course from neolithic cave writings to modern digital art of the future and why the dynamics and/or definition of art really is at least to the person that is looking at it.

But the state censors were still in place.

So the instructor got the to 1940s and completely skipped over 'Degenerate Art.' Not even a mention of the countess pieces of art that were looted and stolen, some of which have never been recovered, including the Amber Room from Czar Nicholas I Winter Palace in Leningrad. Never recovered.

Not one mention.

So I asked the question: "Why wasn't this mentioned?" and she replied, "Degenerate Art isn't positive." And this is instantly countered before my mind had even considered what she had just said, "So art has to be positive to be taught? Is this what the state mandates in it's curriculum?", referring to the fact that she teaches high school students.

She didn't answer my question. She simply looked away.